SWWC: Trail Blazer

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Have you ever gone into a meeting, given your presentation and people looked at you like you had two heads?  Well I defiantly have!  Quite regularly in fact.  I work in Organization Design and that alone for many directors, is a new and different concept.   So if you find yourself in front of an important crowd and you can see they are struggling with what you are saying, keep this in mind:
  • Don't get thrown off by their initial reaction- people are generally fearful or resistant to things they don't understand. So focus on what is not changing so they can gain some perspective on what is changing and what will remain the same.
  • Be confident in what you saying- I know for a fact that what I bring to the table will help my company and I am sure that you bring a new perspective with you, so take solace in that fact and don't be afraid to share your point of view.  We all put our pants on the same way.  Mine just happen to be from Ann Taylor.
  • Continue to blaze a trail through your company- "We might as well require a man to still wear the coat which fitted him when a boy, then to remain under the regimen of their barbarous ancestor." -Thomas Jefferson, 1816.  As professionals, we too,  need to leave behind the coats that we have out grown and exchange them for something more suited to the environments in which we live and work.  

Now don't forget that because you are the only one saying or doing something different now doesn't mean that it is wrong, just means you are a TRAIL BLAZER.  Speaking of blazer, I got this fabulous, versatile blazer at the Salvation Arm. It is just one of the many white blazers that I have. Actually, every So Work Week Chic professionista should have a white blazer in their closet.  I know many of you may shy away from wearing white but the way white helps you stand out in a crowd and get the attention that you deserve, it is worth the risk.  If you are trail blazing out there, send me a few pictures of what you wore when you blazed a trail in your office.

SWWC Beauty Box: Make Your Skin Glow with Eco-Freindly Products like Arbonne

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ok, we know everything tastes better with organic produce but have you consider the quality of ingredients in the products you put on your face or body?    Today we are going to highlight a few eco-friendly products that are super healthy and won’t kill your pocket book (discounts!).  

Cheryl of Little Things, Big Difference has joined us today to give us some ideas on ingredients to avoid and products to try:
Hi all!  The first question I have for you is… do you read labels on your shampoo, face wash, or make up products?  Most people don’t – or they read the label and the words are impossible to understand and they give up in frustration.  If that sounds familiar, here are some tips.

  •       Mineral oil or petrolatum.  This oil is a by-product of the process of distilling petroleum and it is a very profitable side business for gasoline companies.  In the U.S., the majority of our lotions, body washes, sunscreens and hair products use this oil as the base.  Unfortunately, this oil coats our skin as if we were wrapping ourselves in plastic.  Clogged pores can result, and at the very least our skin is an organ that needs to breathe and release toxins and this oil will interfere.

  •        Parabens.  Your label will read “methylparaben” or use another prefix with “paraben” at the end.  These are inexpensive preservatives used in many soaps, deodorants, cosmetics and lotions.  Studies are being done, however, to determine the extent of the possible link between parabens and many types of cancer.  These toxins have been found extensively in cancer tissue.

  •        Artificial colors.  “Some artificial colors, such as Blue 1 and Green 3 are carcinogenic.  Impurities found in commercial batches of other cosmetic colors such as D&C Red 33, FD&C Yellow 5 and FD&C Yellow 6 have been shown to cause cancer not only when ingested but also when applied to the skin. Some artificial coal tar colors contain heavy metal impurities including arsenic and lead which are carcinogenic.” - The Safe Shoppers Bible

  •        Animal by-products and/or animal testing.  Does your ingredient list include tallow, lanolin, beeswax, and/or stearic acid?  These are always or almost always (depending on the ingredient) made from animal ingredients. 

So, what can you do?  Start by reading ingredients in your home and finding out whether you have items of concern.  Find a brand and a set of products that you trust.  Here are a few from my online Arbonne biz that you may love.

·   It’s summer and you need SUNSCREEN.  Check out Arbonne’s ABC Broad Spectrum Sunscreen for babies, kids and anyone with sensitive skin.  Zinc oxide is the main sunblock ingredient and is super safe.  Removing mineral oil means this sunscreen lasts longer and won’t wash off as easily in the pool.
  •        FC5 Cooling Foot Crème:  Our feet take a beating when we walk around on concrete and wear flip flops all summer!  Soothe them with this energizing, cooling and moisturizing crème.

  •        Fit Chews in chocolate, caramel, lemon or mango pineapple are the perfect summer snack or treat.  The mix of herbs in these chews helps us feel full for a couple of hours.  If you’re hoping to keep or improve your summer figure, give these a try.

Check these and other summer items made with healthy, botanical ingredients out at http://www.cherylfischer.myarbonne.com.  Do you have questions or comments?  Please let us know!

Michele Obama Monday: Neon + Metallic Belt + Jeans

Monday, August 12, 2013

Michelle Obama was caught letting it loose by abcnew.com in this must watch  YouTube video teaching Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC how to "Douggie"in this fabulously fresh and versatile outfit.  Her breezy neon Zero + Maria Conejo top (similar, similar) was cinched with a fabulous metallic belt.  How brilliant!  Her outfit is an excellent example of what you can wear when you know you will have to be outside and possibly dancing, moving around or participating in an activity but still wanting to look chic.  She so smooth with it, go Michelle! 

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Trend Translation: Black and White

Friday, August 9, 2013

Everybody has a few black and white pieces in their wardrobe. Now is this time to pull them out and wear them in ways like never before. Almost every designer had at least one white and black look this summer so take it from the experts and challenge yourselves to turn those classic pieces into a summer masterpiece! Send me a few pictures of your B&W mash ups to info@soworkweekchic.com and you could be selected as the So Work Week Chic professionista of the week. 

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